New life drawings (sexy! NSFW!)

In an odd coincidence, since we’ve arrived in Toronto we’ve had the chance to attend two sexy-themed life drawing events: Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School over the weekend (in conjunction with the annual Toronto Comics Art Festival), and The Keyhole Sessions last night.

Pencil sketch of a slim young woman in minimal black lingerie

My sketches from these two drop-in events are considerably more risqué than my usual nudes, so I’m hiding the more daring of them behind a cut (or underneath the scroll-down if you’re reading this via email or a feed). If you’re at work or for some other reason don’t want to see any nipple pasties or light bondage, stop reading at the triple asterisks (***)! You know me, though — this is not hard-core stuff; I venture that it’s even kind of cute when interpreted through my pencils. Littlies may ask awkward questions but no one will be scarred for life!

Sketch of a burlesque performer with violin markings painted on her back

Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School has branches in many different countries, including the US. I was on the mailing list for the San Francisco branch but I never got myself across the bay to attend. The Toronto branch is actually defunct, but because of TCAF they hosted this special event at a bar/lounge a little less than two miles from where we’re staying. The vibe was laid-back and quirky, and the longest pose was only eight minutes. Erik and I arrived late (because we were having dinner with Chad!) so our view of the models was filtered by other people’s heads… but it was still a fairly small group (maybe two dozen artists, max?) and room, so that was fine. What was more distracting was that there was a picture being projected onto a screen behind the models, so there was light/visual interference. But oh well. It was $5. 🙂

Dark room with a projected image at the front, and a group of people clustered around the stage

After we were done drawing, everyone clustered around the front to see each other’s work.

The Keyhole Sessions is more overtly erotic; their models are usually tied up, and they have a darker, edgier attitude. But their website makes it very clear that the events are safe, friendly, and closed to casual visitors or gawkers (“no drawing materials, no entry”). Again we arrived late (again because of dinner, this time with Anna‘s Toronto family!) but we were welcomed with a smile at the door. Inside the club there was loud music playing, but the atmosphere was professional and relaxed. We took our seats (again at the back… again behind everyone else’s heads and drawing boards) and got out our pencils. We missed the short poses but the ones we caught were perfect: several 10-25 minute poses, and after another intermission, a 45-minute pose with all three models. It was so great to be drawing from models again. The Keyhole Sessions only meets once a month, but there are other life drawing opportunities in Toronto so I will hunt them out!

And now… more sketches.

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From Dr Sketchy’s “Kiki de Montparnasse” event (inspired by the new graphic novel):

Sketches of topless burlesque performer wearing Marie Antoinette wig

Sketches of burlesque performers

From The Keyhole Sessions’ third anniversary event, “Pride“:

Pencil sketches of models in lingerie and chains/leashes

Sketches of BDSM performers

Color sketch of women in Japanese bondage ropes